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Titusville Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1993, Titusville, Pennsylvania THE T1TUSVILLE HERALD Titusville Tuesday December 14 THREE Na tern a tional m NEWS BRIEFS Social Security May Be Cut Next Cable Too Spicy BRENTWOOD Pa AP A borough council member wants a cable television company to pull the plug on adult channels provided to his community Robert Cranmer a councilman in Brentwood said he stumbled upon an erotic channel called Spice while hunting for Jay Leno He also said he found The Playboy Channel and now wants both racy channels off the cable Cranmer said Monday he has asked TCI of Pennsylvania to discontinue sending the channels in the Pittsburgh sub urb or face termination of its contract Cranmer said the borough solicitor was studying the matter Brentwood has a stringent ordinance against the sell ing renting or buying of pornography anywhere in the Cranmer said And these cable stations are in the same category as a strip joint or a video rental shop except with cable its home The Spice channel was being tested in Brentwood when Cranmer saw it and it is no longer being transmitted said Shawn McGorry TCIs operations director He said some TCI customers in Brentwood have ordered Playboy which is affiliated with the mens magazine of the same name The Playboy Channel is only offered late at he said He said the channels are Rrated in comparison with HBO Cinemax or Showtime Cranmer said he discovered the adult channels on Wednesday He said he saw a scrambled picture of two women moaning and I see that theyre clearly violating terms of that ordi nance by delivering it to the homes of our the councilman said Premium subscription channels are scrambled in house holds that dont pay for them Cranmer said that even with the scrambling the sound was clear and the distorted image still made it obvious as to what was happening on screen Murders Set Record PITTSBURGH AP Two weekend murders pushed the city to a new annual record for homicides The previous record of 75 murders was set in 1974 That mark was broken early Sunday when a man was shot to death in his home A second murder later in the day in creased the total number of homicides thf p year to 77 According to unofficial statistics provided by city police 73 murders have been committed this year But Allegheny County Coroner Joshua A Perper has classified an addi tional four deaths as homicides including three people killed in a fire Robert Campbell 24 was death in his home early Sunday Police charged Kenneth Lee with criminal homi cide He faces a coroners inquest Dec 23 In the afternoon a driveby shooting claimed the life of 23yearold Kevin Penn in the citys North Side He was struck in the chest by a bullet while standing beside his car The gunfire came from a car with three peo ple inside all wearing ski masks Detectives said they dont believe Penn was targeted for any particular reason No suspects were identified in the case MOBILE Ala AP Evidence clearly shows that Amtraks worst disaster occurred because a tow of barges rammed a bridge shortly before the crash Sept 22 a federal rail safety official said today Susan Coughlin vice chairman of the National Transportation Board said a laboratory examination of damage to the bridge is consistent with damage to the barges that have been linked to the derailment Shespoke as a hearing opened into the middleofthe night derailment which plunged train cars into a foggy bayou and killed 47 passengers and crew members At least 23 witnesses were called to testify at the NTSB hearing expected to last three days The federal safety agency hopes to have a final report on the crash by spring was to focus on the design of Amtrak cars track signals and warning devices said board spokesman Ted Lopatkiewicz Shortly before the train reached the span and plunged into the water the towboat pushing the barges had lost its way in fog and reported striking something in the bayou Coughlin said The resultant contact between the barges and the bridge shifted the track sufficiently to cause the lead locomotive to strike the east girder of the through girder span leading to the derailment of the Sunset Japan Will Deal TOKYO AP Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa an nounced early Tuesday that Japan will end its decadesold ban on imports of rice making an important concession to the United States and other riceexporting nations Hosokawas decision overriding opposition from within his governing coalition came as negotiators in Geneva raced to conclude an international agreement on freer trade before a Wednesday deadline The lifting of the ban was formally approved in a special meeting of the Cabinet that began at Tuesday Japans trade partners had sought the concession on rice to encourage flexibility by other nations on agricultural is sues The rice ban also had been considered symbolic of what critics contend are overly protected Japanese markets in general although Japan says it already is the worlds largest importer of farm products Japans heavily subsidized rice farmers say that ending the import ban will threaten their livelihood MORE Costs Run Wild WASHINGTON AP Cost overruns exceed billion on the governments contract with IBM to modernize the nations air traffic control system the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday FAA chief David R Hinson said he is ordering a 45day review to determine how to get the Advanced Automation System originally budgeted at billion back on schedule arid on Hinson said he wants a commitment from IBM that the system already three years behind schedule will be com pleted without further delays or higher costs Meanwhile IBM announced that its subsidiary with the main contract to produce the new computer system Federal Systems Co is being sold to Loral Corp for billion It was not immediately clear what effect that sale would have on completion of the air traffic control project which will replace computer terminals and computer programs at all FAA control towers and other facilities BRYN MAWR Pa AP President Clinton called for a great national discussion on slowing the growth of Social Security Medicare and other entitlement programs But he cautioned against cuts that would drive the middle class el derly into poverty The president and a phalanx of his economic advisers traveled to this prosperous Philadelphia suburb Monday to repay a polit ical debt to freshman Rep Marjorie MargoliesMezvinsky I who provided a last j minute vote that insured victory for the presidents economic plan in the House last August MargoliesMezvinsky made a controversial switch to back Clintons budget cuts and tax increases after getting his pledge to attend a conference on the future of entitlements the mandatory domestic spending programs that account for most of the trillion the govern ment spends each year Entitlements include Social Security welfare food stamps Medicare price supports for farmers and pensions for military and civil service retirees Clinton came armed with big colorful charts to drive home his argument that the real problem is burgeoning health care costs and that the answer is passage of his health care plan Behind every one of these entitlements there is a the president told the crowd of gathered in the Bryn Mawr College gymnasium While Social Security the gi ant pension program for the el derly and disabled workers is the granddaddy of entitlements at billion Clinton said its costs are holding steady and it actually helps reduce the deficit each year Social Security has changed literally what it means to be old said Clinton adding that since 1985 poverty among the elderly has been lower than among the nonelderly for the first time hi history That was I argue a good thing We should not view this whole program in other words as wel But Medicare which costs billion to provide health care for the elderly and Medicaid which costs billion in federal costs alone to provide health care for the poor and dis abled are growing like a he warned Clinton who recently named Sens Bob Kerrey and John Danforth as chairmen of a national commis sion to study entitlements said he hoped there will be a great national discussion of the issues that we discuss today and that this will be the beginning of a debate that will carry through for the next several Clinton has already pushed through higher income taxes on wealthy Social Security recipi ents and as part of his health plans wants upperincome re tirees to pay higher premiums for Medicare Clinton said Medicare and i Medicaid now account for 30 percent of entitlements up from 13 percent in 1973 If you really want to solve this prob lem you have to go back and have comprehensive health care he said But Clinton cautioned against pushing entitlement cuts too far We do not want to deal with a problem like the deficit which is aggravated because middle class peoples incomes have stagnated by having the same sort of income stagnation for the middle class said Clinton Clinton left after lunch for New York where he was the star attraction at a fundraising dinner for Sen Daniel Patrick Moynihan the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a key player in tho health care debate Wise Words High Court Upholds Rights In Drug Bust Property Seizure WASHINGTON AP The war on drugs does not override property rights the Supreme Court said Monday in barring the government from seizing real estate linked to illegal drug sales unless the owner first gets a court hearing The 54 ruling in a case from Hawaii marks the second time this year the high court has lim ited the governments authority to take property it contends was used hi committing a drug crime At stake in this and many other forfeiture cases are the security and privacy of the home and those who take shelter within Justice Anthony M Kennedy wrote for the court iq Unless exigentidrcuihstances i i are present the government toaf1 ford notice and a meaningful op portunity to be heard before seizing real property subject to civil Kennedy said Chief Justice William H Rehnquist dissented calling the decision illconsidered and dis The property seizure in the Hawaii case serves im portant governmental purposes in combatting illegal he wrote Attorney General Janet Reno said the ruling would not hobble the Justice Departments asset forfeiture program The court also 63 that a federal pensionprotection law the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 can be used to keep a closer watch on how insurance companies man age hundreds of billions of dol lars in workers pensions out of using a Tennessee death penalty case to decide whether states can make it easier for prosecutors to ob tain death sentences for people who kill someone during an other crime such as robbery intact a ruling that requires Florida to provide Medicaid coverage for a 19 monthold boy who doctors say wont survive without a liver bowel transplant In the drugforfeiture case the court said James Daniel Good was entitled to be notified and given a hearing before his Hawaii home was seized But the justices ruled unan imously that courts cannot dis miss forfeiture actions filed with a fiveyear time limit set by fed 1 Clint Bolickjof thecenserva 1 tive Institute for Justice called the ruling a triumph of private property He said it also will apply to civil forfeitures of real estate used in other types of crimes such as illegal gam bling Good was arrested in 1985 af ter police found 89 pounds of marijuana and vials of hashish at his house in Keaau oh the is land of Hawaii He pleaded guilty to promoting a harmful drug and served a year in prison In 1989 federal agents seized the house and fouracre prop erty where the drugs had been found Good was living in Nicaragua at the time and had rented the home to tenants He challenged the seizure contending he was entitled to be notified before it took place and should have been given a chance to oppose it The Supreme Court agreed The right to prior notice and a hearing is central to the Constitutions command of due Kennedy said Otherwise there is too much risk an innocent persons prop erty will be taken he said Although Congress designed the drug forfeiture statute to be a powerful instrument in en forcement of the drug laws it did not intend to deprive inno cent owners of their Kennedy said His opinion was joined by Justices Harry A Blackmun John Paul Stevens David H Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dissenting along with Rehnqujst werei V Antojnn M OConubyand Thomas in a separate opin ion said that he was disturbed by the breadth of the new civil forfeiture statutes but that seizure of property without no tice and a hearing is simply one of the many unpleasant collat eral consequences that follows from conviction of a serious drug A pastor said Those who substitute physical science for religion say that humanity need no longer depend upon the superstitions of intangible faith for the facts of science are provable to our human understanding and they feel they cannot believe in anything else But if you ask those who have replaced religion with Scientism if thereby they have made themselves or tha world happier or better ths answer Is Is Unbelief in tho supernatural not the source of moro widespread immorality human degradation and crime So must we not conclude that loss of faith is hardly less than a catastrophe to mankind of scientific progress Unquote Presenfed by Gordon B Garrett Funeral Home 303 N Wishinftofl THuwillt Phone 8272631 Serving AH Faiths Within Their Means MOBILCOM CELLULAR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL MOTOROLA B AGPHONE ANTENNA BATTERY THREEYEAR WARRANTY Cellular One Authorized Dealer 18006721234 Activation 12 Months Service Commitment Required o 8 0 ll 3 rt It b 17 n Study Laws Wont Keep Kids From Guns WASHINGTON AP Guns are so easy for young people to obtain in crimeridden urban neighborhoods that new laws controlling their sale probably would not reduce their availabil ity a Justice Department study concludes Twentytwo percent of 758 boys at 10 innercity high schools reported owning guns in 1991 and 12 percent said they carried weapons routinely ac cording to the study by two Tulane University sociologists In addition 83 percent of 835 juveniles in the same age group who were incarcerated for seri ous crimes at six detention cen ters said they owned guns at the time of their arrest Guns were easily available to students and inmates either at home or on the said the study released Sunday It was based on responses from schools and detention centers in California New Jersey Illinois and Louisiana Youths in the innercity neighborhoods also were re ported to have ready access to easytoshoot accurate reliable highpow ered revolvers and automatic and semiautomatic handguns the report said Six percent of high school students said they had possessed a militarystyle assault weapon at the time of the survey Among the inmates 35 percent reported having assault weapons when they were arrested Even if young people did not own a firearm 53 percent of the students surveyed and 45 per cent of the inmates said they could borrow guns from family members Beside family members drug dealers were seen as a major source of a firearm the study said Twentytwo percent of the students and 36 percent of in mates said they could get guns from drug dealers Controls imposed at the point of sale likely would be in effective at least by themselves in preventing the acquisition of guns by juveniles studied here because they rarely obtain their guns through such customary said the study commis sioned by the Justice Department The report did not directly comment on the new fiveday waiting period for handgun pur chases that President Clinton recently signed into law Nor did it refer specifically to other gun control proposals such as one floated last week by the Clinton administration to license gun owners FREE MONTHLY BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK Get to the heart of the and keep it under control Since high blood pressure has 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